Same Court, Different Results: When Does The Limitation Period Start For An Arbitration Claim?


When does the limitation period start for an arbitration claim? Can the very making of the demand start the period running? Yes, the Ontario Court of Appeal recently said in Federation Insurance Co. of Canada v. Markel Insurance Co of Canada. In so deciding, the Court of Appeal seems to have reached a conclusion which is contrary to another of its decisions in 2011.

While this decision was rendered in the context of automobile insurance, it may have wide implications for commercial arbitrations, especially under bonds or indemnity contracts.

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